"If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall of silence and no matter what you are doing, driving a car or walking or doing housework you can still be writing, because you have that space."
"If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 MPG."Joyce Carol Oates on Bill Gates
"There was a time in my life when I thought I had everything - millions of dollars, mansions, cars, nice clothes, beautiful women, and every other materialistic thing you can imagine. Now I struggle for peace."Joyce Carol Oates on Richard Pryor
"Car designers are just going to have to come up with an automobile that outlasts the payments."Joyce Carol Oates on Erma Bombeck
"I hooked up my accelerator pedal in my car to my brake lights. I hit the gas, people behind me stop, and I'm gone."Joyce Carol Oates on Steven Wright
"I replaced the headlights in my car with strobe lights, so it looks like I'm the only one moving."Joyce Carol Oates on Steven Wright
"Probably nothing serious or worthwhile can be accomplished without one's willingness to be alone for sustained periods of time, which is not to say that one must live alone, obsessively."
"Anyone who teaches knows that you don't really experience a text until you've taught it, in loving detail, with an intelligent and responsive class."
"Yes, I've listened to just a few audiobooks - but hope to listen to more. I've wanted to investigate how my own books sound in this format and find the experience of listening, and not reading, quite fascinating."
"If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?"
"To be Jewish is to be specifically identified with a history. And if you're not aware of that when you're a child, the whole tradition is lost."